Trusts Newsletter – Summer 2024

A digest of some interesting cases over the last 6 months:- Trusts Tax Wills Probate TRUSTS - Folds Farm Trustees Ltd v. Cutts [2024] EWHC 12 (Ch) ‘It is inherent in a discretionary trust that some beneficiaries may be treated [...]

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Trusts Newsletter – Winter 2023

A digest of some interesting cases over the last 6 months:- Trusts Tax Wills Probate PROBATE, WILLS - Sangha v. Sangha [2023] EWCA Civ 660 The presumption against intestacy is 'not... enough to overcome the natural meaning of the general [...]

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Medico-legal News – Autumn 2023

A digest of some interesting cases over the last 12 months:- Withdrawal of Treatment Clinical Negligence Disciplinary Inquests WITHDRAWAL OF TREATMENT - St George's NHS Trust v.Casey [2023] EWHC 2244 (Fam) When asked to declare the death of an adult, [...]

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Trusts Newsletter – Summer 2023

A digest of some interesting cases over the last 6 months:- Trusts Tax Wills Probate PROBATE, WILLS - Boult v. Rees [2023] EWHC 147 (Ch) The evidence of an experienced Solicitor was held to provide 'only limited support' in assessing [...]

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Recent Amendments to Practice Direction 28A and the Costs Consequences of Open Offers to Settle in Financial Remedy Proceedings.

Recent amendments to Family Procedure Rules 2010 Practice Direction 28A (PD28A) have helped clarify the Court’s approach to costs in financial remedy proceedings where one party has failed to engage reasonably in negotiations. The relevant parts of Rule 28.3 have [...]

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Nigel Moore and Rupert Chapman take over as Joint Heads of Magdalen Chambers

The members of Magdalen Chambers are delighted to welcome Nigel Moore and Rupert Chapman as the new Joint Heads of chambers with effect 1st June 2019. Christopher Naish was Head of Chambers at Southernhay Chambers from 2005 and then Joint [...]

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Susan Campbell QC welcomed back as a full member of chambers.

Members of Chambers are delighted to welcome Susan Campbell QC back to chambers as a full member. Susan who lives in the Devon, was joint Head of Southernhay Chambers before taking silk and has been an associate member over the [...]

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Richard Powell appointed as a Part-Time Judge in the Social Entitlement Tribunal

In addition to his appointment as a Family Recorder on the Western Circuit and his appointment as a First-tier Judge in the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, Richard has now started sitting as a Part-time Judge in the Social Entitlement Tribunal [...]

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Members and guests celebrate the Summer

In the year that the Royal Albert Memorial Museum celebrates it's 150 year anniversary,  Members and staff of chambers welcomed guests to enjoy an evening of drinks and food care of Steevinson Wines and Posh Nosh to celebrate the annual [...]

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Constructive Dismissal: Appealing the Last Straw

Constructive Dismissal: Appealing the Last Straw Can the rejection of an appeal against a final written warning constitute a ‘last straw’ for the purposes of a constructive dismissal claim? Not in the case of Kaur v Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS [...]

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The on-going process of reform – Financial Remedies Courts

Although there has been much reform of the processes and procedures in the family justice system in recent years, there is one area in which little has been done and much needs to be done: financial remedies. Some of its [...]

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Case law update: Placement with adopted siblings

Last week the Court of Appeal gave judgement in Re B (A child) [2018] EWCA Civ 20 this was an unusual but interesting adoption case where the court had to weigh up the importance of a potential relationship with a [...]

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Joint Head of Chambers, Michael Berkley is appointed as a Circuit Judge

Chambers are delighted to announce the elevation of Michael Berkley to the Circuit Bench. He has been appointed to sit as a Civil Judge based in Salisbury, but will be covering the whole eastern region of the Western Circuit. He [...]

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Exeter Family Court Clinic Needs you!

The Exeter Family Court Clinic (or EFCC) was launched in May 2017 to provide limited free support to LiPs. We need more volunteers to help with this new initiative. The clinic runs monthly at the Exeter Combined Court offering legal [...]

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Exeter’s legal community raises £2,780 for city tribute

We are delighted to have been involved with other members of Exeter‘s legal community gathered in Southernhay yesterday, for a charity cheque presentation, after raising over £2,500 for the creation of a permanent cultural tribute to the buildings that perished [...]

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Magdalen Chambers supports fundraising tribute to the Catherdral Yard Fire

Unique Exeter Painting Sold for Fire Fundraising Bought for policeman who helped in the response to the blaze  A painting depicting everyday life in Exeter’s Southernhay district has been auctioned to raise funds for a new cultural tribute after the [...]

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Steve Clark appointed as Chambers Director

The Joint Heads of Magdalen Chambers, Christopher Naish and Michael Berkley, are delighted to announce that they have appointed Steve Clark to be the new "Chambers Director". Michael says "Steve is a very experienced clerk with over 40 years Administrative [...]

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Team Magdalen get proud 2nd Place at the YRes Devon Quiz

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Family Law Specialist Carol Mashembo joins Magdalen Chambers Family Practice Group

Magdalen Chambers is very pleased to welcome Carol Mashembo (called 1999) as a member of our Family Practice Group. Carol has practiced for six years at St John’s Chambers in Bristol and before that spent 10 years in Plymouth. She [...]

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Rupert Chapman

Committal proceedings and the right to silence

In the recent case of Morris v Morris [2016] EWCA Civ 812 the Court of appeal has restated the importance of the accused’s right to silence in Committal Proceedings. The husband appealed against a committal order made on the wife’s [...]

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Ritual Circumcision in the Family Courts: High Court Judge sets out new guidance

Mrs Justice Roberts has handed down judgment in an application brought by a Muslim father (represented by Rupert Chapman of Magdalen Chambers) to permit him to have his sons circumcised in accordance with his Muslim faith. The Court held that [...]

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Magdalen Chambers welcomes Geoff Killen

Magdalen Chambers is delight to Welcome Geoff Killen to Chambers. Geoff  is a specialist in personal injury law, with particular experience and expertise in: Employers Liability (including disease claims i.e. NIHL, WRULD, asbestosis & mesothelioma); Occupiers Liability; Product Liability; Public [...]

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Winter Newsletter 2014

Welcome to the winter edition of the Magdalen Chambers Family Law newsletter. As we all prepare for the Christmas period, we hope that you will find something of interest in this summary of recent developments in the field. (more…) [...]

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